Cyclist Who Testified Against Floyd Landis Pleads Guilty


Cyclist Joe Papp, a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency witness againstFloyd Landis in 2007, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute human growthhormone and another performance-enhancing drug, states the Associated Press story. In a Pittsburgh federal court on Wednesday, Papp said he conspiredwith a Chinese manufacturer to sell drugs over the Internet to more than 180customers including cyclists and other athletes. In the 2007 Floyd Landis case, Papp acknowledged his long pattern of drug use andtestified about how synthetic testosterone helped him recover after races.Landis won the 2006 Tour de France but was later stripped of his title. A former teammate of Lance Armstrong, Landis returned to competitive cycling in 2009's Amgen Tour of California.

Check out The New American in Paris, our cover story on Floyd Landis from the July 2006 issue.

And if you want to know more about Joe Papp, check out Vanishing Point from our June 2008 issue.

–Stayton Bonner